Groundwater in Santa Barbara County

grounwater01Groundwater Map pdf

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in Santa Barbara County

Studies
Cuyama Groundwater Basin Study
San Antonio Groundwater Basin Study (underway)

Reports
Groundwater Basins Status Report, 2014
Santa Barbara County 2011 Groundwater Report    

Regional
Groundwater Quality Data in the South Coast Interior, Results from the California GAMA Program 2008
Groundwater Quality Data in the South Coast Range, Results from the California GAMA Program 2008
Evaluation of Groundwater Overdraft in the Southern Central Coast Region Part 2 1999
Evaluation of Groundwater Overdraft in the Southern Central Coast Region Part 1 1998
Adequacy of the Groundwater Basins of Santa Barbara County 1977
Water Levels in Observation Well in Santa Barbara County 1957

Cuyama Basin

Cuyama Valley, California Hydrologic Study: An Assessment of Water Availability
 2015
Hydrologic Models and Analysis of Water Availability in the Cuyama Valley, California 2015
Geology, Water-Quality, Hydrology and Geomechanics of the Cuyama Valley Groundwater Basin 2013
Construction of a 3-D Geologic Framework and Textural Models for the Cuyama Valley Groundwater Basin 2013
Multi-Well Monitoring Well Site, Cuyama Valley 2010
Pumpage and Ground Water Storage Depletion in the Cuyama Valley California, 1970,  Report,  Map 1,  Map 2
Ground Water in the Cuyama Valley California, 1951, Report Map 1 Map 2 

San Antonio Basin
Digital Tabulation of Stratigraphic Data from Oil and Gas Wells in the Santa Maria Basin and Surrounding Areas 2010
San Antonio Creek Coordinated Resource Management Plan
 2003
Development and Calibration of a Two-Dimensional Digital Model for the Analysis of the Ground-Water Flow System in the San Antonio Creek Valley 1985
Appraisal of Ground-Water Resources in the San Antonio Creek Valley 1980
Potential Effects of Increased Ground-Water Pumpage on Barka Slough, San Antonio Creek Valley 1980
Ground Water Quality and Hydrology Data, San Antonio Creek Basin 1971
Geology and Ground Water of San Antonio Creek Valley 1964

Santa Ynez Basins
The Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District was formed in 1939 and protects water rights and supplies within the Santa Ynez River watershed, manages releases of water from Bradbury Dam to replenish downstream basins along the River and on the Lompoc Plain, and provides water management throughout the area.
Groundwater Quality in the Santa Rita, Buellton, and Los Olivos areas of the Santa Ynez River Basin 1985
Groundwater Resources of the Santa Ynez Upland Groundwater Basin
 1968
Groundwater Appraisal of the Santa Ynez River Basin 1959
Geology and Water Resources of the Santa Ynez River Basin 1951

Santa Maria Basin
The Santa Maria Valley Groundwater Basin was adjudicated in 2008 and its management is dictated by the courts.  The court action requires annual reporting which can be found on DWR's Adjudicated Basins Annual Reporting System or on the City of Santa Maria's website.
Comparison of Two Methods for Estimating Groundwater Recharge in Santa Maria Valley 1985
Adequacy of the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin
 1977
Utilization of Groundwater in the Santa Maria Valley 1966
Geology and Groundwater Resources of the Santa Maria Valley 1951

South Coast Basins
Most of the groundwater basins on the South Coast are not subject to the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and are managed by their respective purveyors:
Goleta Groundwater Basin - Goleta Water District
Santa Barbara and Foothill Groundwater Basins - City of Santa Barbara
Montecito Groundwater Basin - Montecito Water District
Carpinteria Groundwater Basin - Carpinteria Valley Water District
Reconnaissance of the Groundwater Resources of the Ellwood-Gaviota Area 1968
Groundwater Reconnaissance of the Santa Barbara - Montecito Area 1968 

Groundwater Levels
To search groundwater levels, visit the US Geological Survey National Water Information System
Groundwater Levels Web Interface or Data Mapper website